I have Interstitial Cystitis. After having UTIs every 6 months for 5 years, I came back negative for an infection, but they put me on antibiotics anyway, thinking it might be too early to tell. The third time I went back, I had a femal doctor who referred me to Dr. Katske, a local urologist, thinking I had urethritis and needed my urethra stretched. Unfortunately, that was right before I went to visit my parents for a month. When I came back, I waas involved in a summer program basically from 9am-5pm almost every day. I was drinking 100% pure cranberry juice and eating half a grapefruit a day, because that's what you do when you have a UTI. I was in the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. I reached my breaking point and called them, and received an appointment for two days later. What I remember most was when I was talking with the receptionist, she mentioned that I could have an appointment in two days, or in a month. When I said I didn't know if I could make an appointment in two days, she said, "If you come in in two days, we can start you on treatment a month earlier." Never has that word sounded sweeter. On the day of my appointment, they did a lot of tests on me and did not rest until they found out that I have IC. He and his staff were very kind, courteous, and respectful. When they did the cytoscopy, a female nurse practicioner was there, which made me feel more comfortable. He then put me on Cysta Q, which he has had a lot of success with in his patients. I became practially symptom free within about six months, and he still has me come in for check ups every six months, even though it's been almost two years since I was diagnosed. The waiting room is always well supplied with bottles of water. They also send me Christmas cards. I don't think I could have received better care anywhere else.
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